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Tips and Tricks: Trendy Retro/Vintage, Part 2

June 11, 2014

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Yesterday, we talked about the retro/vintage look on greeting cards, how this trend can work in your favor, and gave you some inspirational ideas. Today, we’re bringing you some resources to help you achieve the right tone.

The Golden Rules

  • When using third party graphics, always check the licensing (Terms of Use or TOU).
  • Be sure to include a link to the TOU in your Notes to Reviewers, or your card may be Declined or Returned for Edits.
  • Never assume a resource is free to use unless it’s stated in the TOU.
  • When in doubt, leave it out.
  • Just because I note a resource is free for commercial use here, double-check the license anyway. Sometimes designers change their TOU.

Designer’s Resources

A Collection of Retro and Vintage Patterns for Photoshop
Many of these patterns are free for commercial use, though some require attribution. If you don’t  know how to install patterns in Photoshop, here’s a tutorial.

The Graphics Fairy
Hosts a large collection of vintage graphics in color and black and white. Most of the images predate the 1920s, so are in the public domain. Not all are the highest quality necessary for greeting cards, so be choosy.  Okay for commercial use. Requires attribution.

Vintage Postcard Set 1 – Photoshop Brushes
Okay for commercial use when making a derivative work.

Vintage Toys – Photoshop Brushes
Okay for commercial use when making a derivative work.

Vintage Paper Brushes
Really nice for background work. Commercial use okay.

Retro Vectors
For Illustrator and other vector friendly graphics software. Most  files are okay for commercial use, but you must provide attribution. Be sure to read the TOU for limitations.

Retro Style Fonts
These fonts are free for commercial use, but check the license yourself to be sure.

Airstream

Eastmarket

Lobster Two

Have fun!

 

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